I don’t understand why some people consider cool air during a heat wave a luxury. If you have AC (either central air or window units), why not use it? And if you are going to use the AC, use it and stop complaining about how much the electric bill is going to be next month. If you aren’t going to use the AC, then don’t complain about not being able to sleep at night because the house is too hot. The thing that I really don’t understand is the part-time AC users. The people that turn the AC on when they are home and then turn it off when they go to work for the day. If it’s 90 degrees during the day and the AC isn’t on, of course it’s going to take a while for the house to cool down to a livable temperature.
I’ve lived in Ohio my whole life. I’m used to hot weather. I grew up in a house that didn’t have central air or window air units. Personally, I prefer fans and open windows to central air. But I live with Hubby and the doggies, so we turn the AC on in mind-June and it stays on until fall. Even though I don’t like the AC and am usually cold because I think the AC is set to low, I understand that I’m not the only one in the house that needs to be comfortable and the AC is a necessary thing during the summer. Like when it’s 90 degrees for three (or more) days in a row with humidity so high it feels like it’s a closer to 100 degrees outside. Which is the kind of weather we’ve been having here in Ohio this week.
My MIL is one of those people that doesn’t use the AC unless she absolutely has to and then only long enough to cool off the room. She got a new furnace with central air two years ago and she rarely uses the AC. I went over there this past weekend and the temperature in the house was over 80 degrees. She lives alone with her little dog and the poor little dog was panting like crazy. I asked her why she didn’t have the AC on and she told me she thought the temperature in the house was fine. I had her turn the AC on because I couldn’t stay in the house because it was too hot (which is saying A LOT!) and that if she wasn’t careful she and the little dog were both going to get heat stroke. She did finally admit that she thought the AC wasn’t working properly and that she was going to call the repairman. Of course it’s going to be a day or two before the guy can fix the AC, but that’s to be expected during a heat wave.
She complains that using the AC will raise her electric bill, but I’ve tried to explain to her, and Hubby has tried to explain to her, that she’s on a budget plan with the electric company and her bill isn’t going to increase if she uses the AC. We’ve also tried to explain to her that she’s making the AC unit work harder by turning it on and off every few days. She’s not buying either of those arguments. We’ve even explained how dangerous it can be for her and the little dog to deal with the extreme heat. She tells us that they are fine and we should stop worrying about them.
Can someone explain this to me? Aaaarrrggghhh!!